Metro-East News

Man’s body identified after found in dumpster

A man’s body was found inside a dumpster off Illinois 157 at a storage unit business in Collinsville early Monday morning.

Police identified the deceased man as 48-year-old Douglas Delashmit, whose last known address was in unincorporated Collinsville.

Authorities said they do not believe foul play was involved, but Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said his office was investigating the death along with Collinsville Police. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday to determine how Delashmit died.

Collinsville Lt. Gary Scaggs said the body was found at around 5 a.m. when police were called in reference to an abandoned vehicle that was left unoccupied near Stow-A-Way Storage on Business Center Court off Illinois 157. The caller told police that the vehicle belonged to a person who was known to collect recyclable items from refuse containers. Police did not find anyone inside the vehicle, but they found Delashmit’s body nearby.

The dumpster outside the business where the man’s body was found was marked off with crime scene tape and a Collinsville police car remained guarding the area just before noon.

This is the second body found in Collinsville in less than a week.

Collinsville police investigated another suspicious death last Wednesday when the body of Zachary S. Schellenberg, 27, was found near Illinois 159, near the famous catsup-bottle-shaped water tower.

Scaggs said the deaths were not connected.

“It is unusual, but they are not related in any way,” Scaggs said. “There has been no evidence seen to lead investigators to believe that they are out of the ordinary.”